GE 141: History of World Civilization, 1500 to the Present

This course covers world civilization from 1500 to the present, surveying the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of European, American, African, and Asian societies. Particular attention will be devoted to the growth of nationalism, the age of revolution, achievements in science and art, the effects of European colonialism on the indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and the causes and results of the First World War, Second World War, the Cold War, and post-Cold War.

Required Texts:

  • Spodek, The World’s History: Combined Volume, 4th edition (2010), ISBN 978-0205708390
  • Bowman, The Razor’s Edge: Sharp Thinking in World History, 2nd edition (2007), ISBN 978-0757543623

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